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of snow knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses. in many areas work crews scrambling to restore power. they had to be accompanied by road plows. for millions of people the impassable roads left them stranded at home and at work. air travel halted in much of the midsection. in chicago alone more than 1,000 flights were canceled yesterday. hundreds more likely today. an australian billionaire has unveiled plans for a full-scale replica of the titanic. it's called the tie tangibtanic. it's set to sale in 2016. look at those pictures. yes, you can buy a ticket and you will wear 1912-style clothing. there will be enough lifeboats for everyone thoechlt i'm ashleigh banfield. it takes a lot to get senior
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lawmakers in the very same room. today we can thank rosa parks for making it happen. just take a look at this live picture as we speak, a dedication ceremony is getting under way in the u.s. capitol. it's for a statue honoring the won who refused to give up her seat on a city bus in alabama circa 1955. the nation's first african-american president is due to speak in about 40 minutes and you're going to hear from him live right here on cnn and you can follow the ceremony start to finish on cnn.com. all the dignitaries filing into the capitaocapitol. by the werek it will be a houseful with congressional leaders who will join the president. this is a big deal too. while there are many statues in the capitol there are almost none that are a congressional effort so to speak. many private funds feature statues. this is something congress has
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done for one of the most important women in american history. but we're going to start with multitudes staying good-bye to a pope. he gives up and resigns the leadership of the roman catholic church. this last hurrah of the benedict, it comes -- benedict xvi comes a day before he terns exclusion as, quote, pontiff emeritus and his cardinals will be scrambling to replace him. he's assured his flock he will still be with them in spirit and he hopes they don't forget him either. >> i ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope. >> cnn's christiane amanpour was part of the historic audience.
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christiane, a lot of emotion. is that a surprise given the fact this he's been called the german shepherd? >> reporter: yeah. he's been one who's not worn his heart on his sleeve. he's very different from his predecessor john paul ii who was all about hugs and embracing. yes, this was a day of rare emotion. you saw a lot of smiles as he went around st. peter's square in that pope mmobile to receive the final farewells. he spoke about how he had so much joy, he said, in the church in his eight years of reign but he also talked about how there had been difficult times. he said it had been fair from easy on occasion. he talk tbd church coming across
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agitated waters and finding themselves facing different directions of the wind. obviously he was talking about various crises and issues that the pope has to deal with and the church has to deal with,al those close to home who have rocked and buffeted those for years, most significantly the priests who have preyed upon young boy and an effort to hold those accountable, whose who did it and those who shielded the priests from scandal and accountability. all that is going on at the same time. more matterly as we await the conclave to convene and await the next pope, everybody's waiting. that's the next great excitement on the catholic calendar. they want to see what he'll do in many, many different directions but putting a final full stop period before this scandal that has rocked the
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church for so many years, ashleigh. >> i understand the pontiff will be meeting with or is meeting with the cardinals. and then it's kind of an interesting agenda. he's going to be ferriy eied to helicopter to his final residence? >> reporter: yes, the final day where he will be pope. at 5:00 p.m. he'l be taking a helicopter to castle began doll fof, the summer residence of the pope. he'll be there not in sum ber u for a few months while there's this transition period. his next residence will be in a vatican, converted convent, that will take some time to get ready for him. he'll be out of sight, not oupd of mind but out of any opportunity to have any direct contact with the cardinals and with all those who have now been
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tasked or will be tasked with electing the next pope. of course, at carolina coast tomorrow, that's it. that's when his election is effective. the next session of ritual stars. >> that will be a fascinating time to be at the vatican. thank you for that. checking other top stories that we're following, we have just learned that president obama is inviting congressional leaders to the white house on friday. that's the day the $85 billion in spending cuts are set to kick in. senate republican leader mitch mcconnell says it will be a chance to discuss how the leadership or the leaders and the president can, quote, keep our commitment to reduce washington spending. overseas a co-worker shot and killed himself after shooting others. there's still no word on what the possible motive was here.
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a winter storm spreading snow from missouri to maine is making a huge mess in chicago and the upper midwest and driving is treacherous. another 150 flights in chicago have been called off after a cancellation yesterday. you can excuse chuck hagel for being a little bit late. he first had to be sworn in for his job as secretary of defense at a private pentagon ceremony. that step coming after a pretty tough confirmation fight in the senate. a round trip mission to mars is in the works. it's to send a man and woman to fly by the red planet in 2018. the mission would be a 501-day mission. it's the brainchild of dennis tito. if you remember that name rmgs he was the first space tourist. tito is holding a news conference a couple of hours from now.
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even after 11 days on the witness stand, jodi arias's story continues to change. it is a remarkable murder case, a trial you don't seem to be able to turn away from. we're covering it next. humans -- sometimes life trips us up. and sometimes we trip ourselves up. but that's okay. at liberty mutual insurance, we can untrip you as you go through your life with personalized policies and discounts
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top stories, there use new dramatic video of the balloon crash that killed 19 people in egypt caught on a cell phone. look at these images. officials now saying that the investigation into what went wrong here could take at least two weeks. this terrible crash when gas canisters on the balloon had exploded. they had been out sight-seeing around pyramids. remarkable pictures. the california coast guard is calling off a search for a california couple and two young children. believe it or not, they think the report of their sailboat sinking is possibly a hoax. nothing has been seen, nothing has been recovered. first a lit of prominent republicans. now dozens of corporations are coming out to back same-sex marriage. apple, facebook, cisco, and others are supporting briefs with the u.s. supreme court. they're urging the court to
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strike the proposition 8. day 11 on the witness stand for jodi arias was all about what else, sex, lice, and big contradictions. prosecutors ripped into arias's story with her relationship with an ex-boyfriend and her reason she said she needed to kill him in self-defense but she defiantly said she was innocent of first-degree murder. >> reporter: if he was so dangerous and abusive to jodi arias, then, why, was she sending him text messages calling him an amazing friend, telling him she loved him. in court she was questioned about one text sent in april 2008 just two months before arias supposedly killed alexander in self-defense. snoof well, you've been telling
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us before that he was mean. do you remember telling us that? >> yes, he was also that. >> and you've been telling us in addition to being mean he was somebody who physically bicabus you, is that right? >> yes. >> that doesn't seem to correspond. you've given us two versions. >> of what? >> of mr. alexander. >> and the prosecution continued. she gushed over alexander. >> he was a light and he had so many -- he brightened a room when he walked in. he literally brightened the room. it almost seems like the world is a darker place because he's not in it anymore. >> she was asked to explain. >> according to your experiment and statement he was great guy, right? >> yes. >> he was a great guy, it appears, to everybody who seemed to come in contact with him, right? >> yes, it appears. >> there's more.
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whoo if she was so disgusted after catching him masturbating to child porn did she continue to date him and have sex with him, that at times involved pop rocks and tootsy pops. >> you think of someone who masturbates to pictures of little boys is beautiful on the inside, right? >> i don't think that aspect is beautiful at all. sickening. >> sickening even though she maintains in court alexander abused her, she told the prosecutor he was hard to say no to. >> in fact, the way you described it is he was somebody you could not stay away from sexually, right? >> yes. >> and he described you as his kryptonite, right? >> yes. >> so it was a situation where you were mutually attractive, right? >> on the stand she tried to
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play down her sexual prowess but the pros kulter challenged her. >> so are you saying you did that even though you didn't want to? >> yes. >> and did you tell him that? >> no. >> did you think that he was a mind reader and would know that you didn't want to do that? >> no. >> and one of the things that you said that was kinded of striking about that was that when he was performing oral sex on you that you said he sure knew what he was doing. do you remember saying that on direct examination? >> yes. >> do you remember that. >> yes. >> doesn't it take one to know one? >> he challenged her again with this. >> you were the one that had the ky or brought it into the relationship to make it better, right? >> to facilitate our activities. >> sure. it would might better to facilitate your activities, right? >> yes. >> and yet you're telling us that -- on the other hand you're telling us, well, i felt like a prostitute. which one is it? >> even during moments like that
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here in court, jodi arias never lost her cool. at times she'd bite her lip, even look to the jury for some sort of approval. and when she didn't like the direction of the questions from the prosecutor, she simply lost her memory. >> how is it that if it just happened, you can't even remember what you just said? >> i think i'm more focused on your posture and your tone and your anger, so it's hard to process the question. >> randi kaye, cnn, phoenix, arizona. and our legal panel is going to untangle some of this very strange web of testimony and lies in just a moment, but first i want to get you back to washington, d.c., where we've been watching this event all morning long. the unveiling of the statue of rosa parks. you can see the president and the leaders of congress. there you have it.
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the statue of rosa parks. >> it's a great moment, especially at ta time when we can't agree on capitol hill. both sides of the aisle presents with the president with rosa parks featured behind them, 9 feet tall, 2,500. that is on a black granite pedestal you can't see right now. this was authorized by congress in 2005 which was shortly after rosa parks died. so great moment of her unveiling the statue. again, i mentioned it at the top of the show. it bears repeating. this was a congressional effort. it was not a priebt funding of the statue, h which is arch the case for statues on capitol hill. this was a public venture and a public moment for the woman who triggered the modern civil
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if you just heard what went on in the courtroom yesterday it looks like the prosecution is looking to punch a few holes. some very smart clever ladies. beth cares and cnn analyst sunny host hostin. i want to begin with you. the story is she killed travis alexander in self-defense because among many things he was an abusive pedophile, and yesterday messages weren't be sent to him called him beautiful o on the inside and a truly amazing friend. that has to hurt. >> yes, indeed. the prosecution is trying to jeks ta pose her writings which heap all kinds of praise on him, whether it's her private journal
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entries or text messages to him or what she had to say in the book at his memorial. nothing about any sort of abuse or any ped feel ya. these glaegss the prosecution believes are absolutely a lie. >> sunny hostin, a lot of times the prosecution has to tap dance very carefully in how much they beat up a witness on the stand and here you have this very sort of demur looking, quiet-spoken young woman who's just an extraordinary liar. can the prosecutor do anything he wants here? i mean does he have carte blanche to rip her to shreds or does he have to watch it? >> i think you always have to watch it because you never as a prosecutor want to offend your jury. this has been going on for quite some time. she's been on the stand for as lodge acan think i remember a degree being on the stand. and this prosecutor has been taking quite a hit. i mean there are many that believe that he's being a bit
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too difficult, that his cross-examination is sort of all over the place. i think there certainly is a method to his mad ps because his enti entire examination is about the fact he cannot be trusted. her version of developments cannot be trusted and he's testing each and every bit of it. i've about got to tell you, i think at this point he's been given so much to work with, there tends to be diminishing returns at a point and she has been on the witness stand for a long time. i'm not sure that she -- he needs do much more to prove his point. >> and, beth. i also enjoy seeing videotape of people who do television interviews before they actually end up in trial. it never fails to araise me, but jodi arias sat down with cbs and did a 48-hour story and had the hair and makeup and lighting and the whole nine yards and it's been played in court where she says the world would bo darker without him in it referring to travis alexander. when the jury sees that kind of
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a thing up there on the big screen. it's got to be very powerful to them. >> no question about it. and she's giving these interviews months after she was arrested. she's hat another four years to think about things. she's change heard story to self-defense after the 48 hours interview. so, again, it's another juxtaposition of she's saying one thing on the stand and she said something else outside. so these media interviews -- and it's not just the cbs interview. there was also inside edition and local media are coming back to haunt her. her words are what will do her in. >> there's nothing like being able to sit in a courtroom and be able to watch somebody knowingly lie right there on tape in front of you. it's -- i don't know. i hate to say it because i love the tv interviews. don't get me wrong. but for defendants it's the worst thing in the world. >> lawyers don't like it. >> do their hate it. best advice ever.
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shut your mouth. appreciate it. beth and sunny. we're also following the trial in detail. sometimes i can't bring you the details. sometimes even the most supportive testimony i can't read it to you because it's too dirty. we'll bring you the very latest the best we can every single day. the right to vote. undeniably one of our most cherished ideas, but how far should the government go to protect it? the supreme court is going to take a live look. there's the court waiting to find out. more about this. at tyco integrated security, we consider ourselves business optimizers.
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in new zealand police had to fire shots to scare away a shark that was attacking a swimmer, but sadly it was too late to saving the swimmer. a 12 to 14-foot great white shark was spotted by air moments after killing a man in auk land, new zealand. a witness said there was blood everywhere and other sharks joined in on the attack. needless to say that beach is closed. a house vote could come today to vote on the violence against women act. the main sticking point is whether to broaden the 1994 land
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mark law. some house conservatives said they would rather not add treatments for those on indian reservations. >> the timing is accidental but the very day that the president dedicates a statue to rosa parks in the u.s. capital, a landmark piece of civil rights legislation is actually on trial right across the street from all of those clapping members of the audience. just last hour the supreme court heard an alabama case. it's a case that claims the voting rights act of 1965 has outlived its usefulness. alabama is one of many states and parts of others with voting rights repression that they have to get clearance from the federal government for any changes in their voting laws or their election procedures. most of the areas are in the south but if you look at the calendar, you can see alaska is
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covered and parts of california are covered and then new york city. look at that. my colleague joe johns is actually in the courtroom right now and he's been listening to arguments. he's going to join me and talk about the significance of it and how the arguments went. first he went to the town that calls itself the heart of the heart of dixie. >> caller: calera, alabama, in the heart of dixie. eight years ago ernest was elected to serve on the city council. at that time he served the mostly black part of town tucked between the railroad tracks and the interstate. >> i think because of our past, we have to accept, you know, the way times were. >> reporter: four years ago the city council rejrue voting lines. montgomery lost re-election by two votes. >> they added four large
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subdivisions which was predominantly white which die lutd our district down to about a 28%. >> reporter: but the u.s. department of justice stepped in and helped montgomery get his job back saying the county needed to get federal approval get changes under the voting right act, first signed by lyndon johnson in 1965. >> to eliminate the last vestiges of injustice. >> reporter: at the heart of the act is what's known as section 5 which allows a justice department or a court to shut down dils krimm na torrey changes to voting laws, mostly in southern states before they go into effect. president bush and congress saw the need to review the law in 2006. but now shelby county, alabama, where calera is located is challenging section 5 as a violation of the state's rights.
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. >> reporter: just one docounty the north of this church four little girls were kills in a bombing in 1963. now the supreme court has been asked to accept the argument that the south has changed to what some say is the heart of the voting rights act. frank ellis is the shelby county attorney. >> the south is not the same south it was in 1964. the whole country has changed. we're a dynamic society. >> reporter: how much things have changed is disputed. whites we spoke with in this local diner says they seed the election of the first black president is real sign. >> i look at the discrimination going back 15 years, ten years in the south. i thnk we are gaining ground. >> reporter: but african-americans recall the battle in the black election over alleged voter suppression and some say things have gotten worse because obama's election mate some white voters angry.
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>> you have some people who are very unhappy. during the election time, you know, you had dummies of president obama hanging from the trees. >> joe johns as i said is listening to the arguments and is a lawyer himself. listen, we've just come through an election where voter i.d. issues became prominent right up to the election day. not only that but early voting which many say affected the minority voting across the country. a lot of people say it's an onerous law, it's costly, burdensome and a bit of a scarlet letter for states who have to get these special permissions from the washington, from the federal government in order to actually change the laws as they'd like to see them fit. others point straight to the data. you take census data and apply it to today an it's slim not fair. if of you see the tunnel area in
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front of a lot of people who have been speaking out quite vociferously, our joe johns will be coming very soon through that tounl emerge from the supreme court to let us know how everything went. why? because we can't get cameras into the supreme court yet. there's always hope. there's always hope. ke can get audio. no cameras yet. while we wait for joe johns there's other testimony. the testimony has been really gruesome and lurid and flat outside bizarre. find out why they call this man a cannibal cop. he's back in court today. ♪ [ man ] excuse me miss. [ gasps ] this fiber one 90 calorie brownie has all the deliciousness you desire.
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it is gruesome and disgusting. a husband, a father, and a police officer charged with planning to kill and eat his wife and also kill and eat his college pal. but plan dog something and
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actually doing that something are two vastly different things sometimes. that's at the heart of the case of the cannibal cop in new york city. is he anything more than just a guy with some very sick fantasies? he's back in the courtroom today and every day it seems to get worse. let's take a look at our legal panel. judge hatchet, let me begin with you. we have gone over and over for the last couple of days whether we're allowed to be the throughout police here. i want to push it. there were plenty of thoughts and e-mails and all sorts of e-mails that were being alleged of this conspiracy on mind, nothing happen bud nobody was hurt. how far do you have to go before it become as crime? >> this really is disgusting and, you know, the real core of this case, ashley, is going to come down to whether this was a fantasy or whether he took another steps to act out a plan
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or to plan a plan, to plot a plan, to hurt these people. his attorney says, no. the defense attorney takes a different stand on this. once you start having pictures and once you are stalking these people in the sense of cyber stalking and you have a specific things that you are talk about doing to these people, that's where you cross the line. >> that's a really tough bar to sort of achieve. >> it is. >> supplyingy, jump in here and tell me. do you know of cases in the past, do of you know of anything where we've had a conspiracy where it's been brewing. police love to watch the conspiracy because they just collect all the evidence. but, again, at what point and how much tangible work do you have to do before your thoughts become crimes? >> you know, i hate to disagree
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with the judge, my friend, there, but i'm going have to disagree because i think the bar is pretty high, especially to prove a conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt. you've got to have that act, that overact in further ranns of that conspiracy. yeah, maybe you're fantasizing and you have the names which makes the fantasy all the more juicier for you and scintillating for you and maybe you're now corresponding with the person but unless you in my view go a step farther, it's just not enough. prosecutors shouldn't be in thes by of being the thought police. it reminds me of the movie with tom cruise where you get convict bfrd you've committed. i think it sets a very dangerous precedent. if they don't show more. because it's been going on for a couple of days. >> i'll tell you what. we're going have so much more to talk about each time.
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judge hatchett, real quick. >> real quick, i think at some point where does it become a threat? you know, people are prosecuted on terroristic threats all the time. i think this is a fascinating case. i think there's enough here that will tip the balance so it will be interesting to see it going forward. >> we'll continue to watch the evidence and report on it as it becomes available. thank you both. stay with us, both of you. we've got more cases to cover. and at the same time we've got to a live eye in washington, d.c., this rosa parks statue. some big wigs. they have been speaking. harry reid at the podium right now. you can see off to his right before the camera panned to the audience. the president is going to be speaking as well. stay tuned. we'll be back right after this. [ all ] fort benning, georgia, in 1999. [ male announcer ] usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation because it offers a superior level of protection
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hundreds of undocumented immigrants held in detention centers around the country are now free. official says the unusual move is tied to this whole impending $85 billion basket of cuts coming our way on friday. all of the people released are said to be, quote, noncriminals and other low risk offenders. what's not surprising, however, republican lawmakers are livid. >> i frankly thing this is outrageous. i'm looking for more facts but i
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kept believe that they can't find the kind of savings they need out of that department short of letting criminals go free. >> our jessica yellin joins me live now from washington, d.c. first of all this sounds absolutely crazy. i'm not sure if you know the mechanics of this. it's not friday. was this a necessary move, political move? was it something more to it than the headline screams? >> they tell me it was actually a surprise to top aides both at the white house and at the department of homeland security. they learn thad this was happening from a press release like the rest of us. so rewind secretary napolitano warned that this kind of thing could happen after the cuts kicked in, but they're caught off guard that it happened beforehand. yes, before you ask, i do believe that sometimes that's just how government works. i'm told it was just officials with the immigration and customs office preparing not just for the cuts that are coming but also for this so-called budget
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continuing resolution at the end of the month. >> jessica, i just need to cut you off for a moment because there's only one more person more important than you and it's the president and he's speaking live. so let's listen in at the capit capitol. >> leader mcconnell, leader pelosi, assistant liter clyburn, to the friends and family of rosa parks, to the distinguished guests who are gathered here today, this morning we celebrate a seamstress, slight in stature, but mighty in courage. she defied the odds and she defied injustice. she lived a life of activism but also a life of dignity and grace. and in a single moment with the
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simplest of gestures she helped change america and change the world. rosa parks held no elected office. she possessed no fortune. live heard life far from the formal seats of power. and yet today she takes her rightful place among those who've shaped this nation's course. i thank all those persons, in particular the members of the congressional black caucus, both past and present, for making this moment possible. a childhood friend once said about miss parks, nobody ever bossed rosa around and got away with it. that's what an alabama driver learned on december 1st, 1955.
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12 years earlier he had kicked mrs. parks off his bus simply because she entered through the front door when the back door was too crowded. he grabbed her sleeve and he pushed her off the bus. it made her mad enough, she would recall, that she avoided riding his bus for a while. and when they met again that winter evening in 1955, rosa parks would not be pushed. when the driver got up from his seat and insist that she give up hers, she would not be pushed. when he threatened to have her arrested, she simply replied, you may do that. and he did. a few days later rosa parks
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challenged her arrest. a little known pastor new to the town and only 26 years old stood with her, a man named martin luther king jr. so did thousands of montgomery, alabama, commuters. they began a boycott. teachers and laborers, clergy and domestics, through rain and cold and sweltering heat, day after day, week after week, month after month, walking miles if they had to, arranging car pools where they could, not thinking about the blisters on their feet, the weariness after a full day of work, walking for respect, walking for freedom. driven by a solemn determination
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to faaffirm their god-given dignity. 385 days after rosa parks refused to give up her seat, the boycott ended. black men and women and children reboarded the buses of montgomery, newly desegregated, and sat in whatever asset hapse happened to be open. and with that victory, the entire edifice of segregation like the ancient walls of jerricho began to slowly come tumbling down. it's been often remarked that rosa parks' activism didn't
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begin on that bus. long before she made headlines, she had stood up for freedom, stood up for equality, fighting for voting rights, rallying against discrimination in the criminal justice system, serving in the local chapter of the naacp. her quiet leadership leadership continue long after she became an icon of the civil rights movement, working with congress to find homes for the disadvantaged, preparing the disadvantaged youth to find a successful path, striving each day to right some wrong, somewhere in this world. and yet our minds fasten on that single moment on the bus. miss parks, alone in that seat
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clutching her purse, staring out a window, waiting to be arrested. that moment tells us something about how change happens or doesn't happen. the choices we make or don't make for now we see through a gla glass, the scripture says. and whether out of enertia or fear or simple lack of moral imagination, we so often spend our lives as if in a fog. accepting injustice, rationalizing inequity, tolerating the intolerable, like
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the bus driver but also like the passengers on the bus. we see the way things are, children hungry in a land of plenty, entire neighborhoods ravaged by violence, families hobbled by job loss or illness. and we make excuses for inaction. and we say to ourselves, it not my responsibility. there's nothing i can do. rosa parks tells us there's always something we can do. she tells us that we all have responsibilities to ourselves and to one another. she reminds us that this is how
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change happens. not mainly through the exploits of the famous and the powerful, but through the countless acts of often anonymous courage and kindness and fellow responsibility that continually s stubbornly, what is possible. rosa parks' singular act of disobedience launched a movement. the tired feet of those who walked the dusty roads of montgomery helped a nation see that to which it had once been blind. it is because these men and women that i stand here today. it is because of them that our children grow up in a land more
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free and more fair, a land truer to its landing creed. and that is why this statue belongs in this hall, to remind us no matter how humble or lofty our positions, just what it is that leadership requires. just what it is that citizenship requires. rosa parks would have turned 100 years old this month. we do well by placing a statue of her here. but we can do no greater honor to her than to carry forward the power of her principle and a courage born of conviction. may god bless the memory of rosa
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parks and may god bless these united states of america. [ applause ] >> and there you have it, the president with his remarks in the capitol of the dedication of the rosa parks' statue. he says a seamstress slight in stature but mighty in courage and she helped change america t is nice to see all of the house and senate leadership together like this. it might nicer to see them together at some point discussing spending cuts as well. we don't have any breaking news on that at the moment. as we go to it a break, we're going to come back and talk about one of the most significant things that perhaps rosa parks was able to kick off with her simple gueesture which
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